|Gay Sex before Zippers - Chris Carlsson|
Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
Keywords: Presidio; Gay Sex; Harry Hay
Downloads: 87,473 (10 reviews)
|Harvey Milk's Last Words|
Harvey Milk's last words, delivered posthumously, recorded in case of his assassination... excerpted from The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.
Keywords: Harvey Milk; last words; Gay
Downloads: 22,837 (2 reviews)
|White Night Riot|
Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
Keywords: riot; White Night; Harvey Milk
Downloads: 20,396 (1 review)
|San Francisco celebrates VE Day 1918|
Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
Keywords: WWI; San Francisco; 1918
Downloads: 18,970 (5 reviews)
Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
Keywords: Earthquake; Fire; 1906
Downloads: 13,682 (5 reviews)
|The Farm - Kathy Katz and Mike Kavanaugh|
An excerpt from a 45-minute documentary about The Farm, the remarkable rural oasis under the freeways in San Francisco from 1974-1986, an autonomous zone that housed farm animals, rehearsal and performance space, theater and punk rock...
Keywords: Farm; San Francisco; 1970s
Downloads: 12,221 (8 reviews)
|Geneva Towers Implosion - Caitlin Manning|
The infamous Geneva Towers housing project was imploded to make way for improved public housing.
Keywords: public housing; Geneva Towers; implosion
Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
Keywords: mud people; financial district; anarchy
Downloads: 8,582 (5 reviews)
|Pie Fight 1969 - Christian Bruno and Sam Green|
The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
Keywords: Film Festival; 1969; Pie Fight
Downloads: 8,444 (3 reviews)
|1906 Burn map|
animated map showing the three days of the Great San Francisco fire of 1906 that followed the earthquake.
Keywords: 1906 fire; animation; Big One
|Crowds at Ocean Beach|
Turn of the 19th century crowds at Ocean Beach
Keywords: Ocean Beach; Cliff House; 1900
Downloads: 7,599 (1 review)
|Cycling to the Fair|
silent footage of a mass bike ride in Golden Gate Park in 1915 which was headed to the Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exposition.
Keywords: bicycles; mass rides; 1915
|Good Vibrations - Caitlin Manning|
short excerpt from documentary "Stripped Bare" highlighting the sex-positive retail operation Good Vibrations, a long-time resident on Valencia Street in the Mission.
Keywords: Good Vibrations; sex-positive; vibrators
|Squatter Punx Rock the Vats - Glenn Bachmann|
The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
Keywords: Punk; Vats; Brewery
Downloads: 7,360 (2 reviews)
|Arrests at HUAC in City Hall|
scenes of students being washed down rotunda stairs in SF City Hall during mass arrests at HUAC hearings, May 1960.
Keywords: HUAC; protests; City Hall
Downloads: 6,986 (2 reviews)
|Summer of Love by Diamond Dave Whitaker - Chris Carlsson|
A Summer of Love poem/rap by San Francisco legend "Diamond Dave" Whitaker.
Keywords: Summer of Love; Diamond Dave Whitaker; spoken word
|John Muir on Hetch Hetchy - Shaping San Francisco|
Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
Keywords: John Muir; Hetch Hetchy; San Francisco water system
scenes of Japanese-Americans being shipped out of the Fillmore on their way to "internment".
Keywords: Japanese Internment; WWII; war crimes
Downloads: 6,357 (2 reviews)
|Preparedness Day cartoon|
Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
Keywords: Tom Mooney; Preparedness Day; bomb
Downloads: 6,271 (3 reviews)
|Mandel at HUAC 1960 - n/a|
excerpt from William Mandel's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing at San Francisco City Hall, May 1960.
Keywords: William Mandel; HUAC 1960; San Francisco City Hall
|Critical Mass police attack - Biker-X|
footage of the chaotic July 1997 ride in which Mayor Brown unleashed the police to attack bicyclists.
Keywords: bicycles; Critical Mass; police riot
Downloads: 6,165 (1 review)
|Lands End train ride|
Sped-up trip eastward along the old Sutro Steam railroad from Cliff house back towards the then-empty Golden Gate.
Keywords: Golden Gate; Lands End; railroad
Downloads: 6,034 (1 review)
|We Won't Go Back - Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue|
excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
Keywords: abortion; women; Operation Rescue
Downloads: 6,027 (1 review)
Silent footage of picketers marching through the streets and attacking a scab-driven streetcar at Haight and Buchanan during violent 1917 streetcar strike.
Keywords: Streetcar strike; URR; 1917
Downloads: 5,939 (1 review)
Fatty Arbuckle and one of his adoring dames, posing for the publicity cameras of the PPIE in 1915.
Keywords: Fatty Arbuckle; PPIE; 1915
Downloads: 5,648 (2 reviews)
|Bay Bridge from the water - Chris Carlsson|
Footage shot from a canoe ride under the Bay Bridge takes a look back at the San Francisco waterfront from under the bridge.
Keywords: Bay Bridge; SF Bay; waterfront
|General Strike newsreel 1 - Bert Gould|
Original Pathe News newsreel footage describing the unfolding General Strike in breathless and fearsome tones.
Keywords: Big Strike; 1934; newsreel
Downloads: 5,378 (1 review)
Health inspectors walk up Chinatown alley
Keywords: Chinatown; plague; alleys
|Seal Rock Pacific Ocean - Chris Carlsson|
Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
Keywords: Seal Rock; Pacific Ocean; Cliff House view
Downloads: 4,903 (1 review)
|Tom Fleming on Mayor Lapham and Blacks in SF - Chris Carlsson|
Thomas Fleming, former editor of SF Sun Reporter, tells how then Mayor Roger Lapham wondered in a 1946 press conference when the thousands of African-Americans who had come to work in SF during WWII would return to the South. Fleming sets him straight.
Keywords: Fleming; African-Americans in SF; Mayor Lapham
|Key Trains on Bay Bridge|
brief excerpt from a documentary on the Key System, which once ran trains across the Bay Bridge.
Keywords: Key System; Ferry Building; Bay trains
Downloads: 4,749 (1 review)
A strike begins at the Union Iron Works at the foot of Potrero Hill in 1917.
Keywords: Strike; Potrero Hill; Union Iron Works
Downloads: 4,639 (1 review)
|Gulf War protests - Paper Tiger TV West|
scenes from demonstrations against the 1991 Gulf War in San Francisco.
Keywords: Gulf War I991; civic center; anti-war protests
Downloads: 4,567 (1 review)
|Teddy Roosevelt in SF|
Difficult to discern, but President Teddy Roosevelt is in a procession heading up Van Ness in this short clip.
Keywords: Teddy Roosevelt; Van Ness; parade
Downloads: 4,481 (1 review)
|Telegraph Hil from Bay - Chris Carlsson|
shot from a canoe off Pier 33 looking up at Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill.
Keywords: Telegraph Hill; SF Bay; Coit Tower
silent footage of strikers marching, parading along waterfront, cops on horseback, scenes of the Embarcadero
Keywords: waterfront strike; longshoremen; 1934
Downloads: 4,336 (1 review)
|Thomas Fleming on 1966 Hunter's Point Riot - Chris Carlsson|
Former editor of San Francisco Sun Reporter, Thomas Fleming, gives his account of the 1966 Hunter's Point Riot, which led to three days of martial law in some neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Keywords: Thomas Fleming; 1966 Hunter's Point riot; Black San Francisco
|I-Hotel Riot - Chunkmoonhunter Productions|
Hundreds of police attack the I-Hotel on Kearny in 1977 to evict the remaining tenants.
Keywords: I-Hotel; police; eviction
Downloads: 4,127 (1 review)
Dedication of Dewey Monument in Union Square, c. 1903. St. Francis Hotel visible behind scene.
Keywords: Union Square; Dewey Monument; 1903
Downloads: 3,982 (1 review)
Ferlinghetti in his Potrero Hill home in 1965, ruminating on San Francisco
Keywords: Ferlinghetti; Potrero Hill; poetry
Downloads: 3,840 (3 reviews)
Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917.
Keywords: steam shovel; digging tunnels; excavation
Downloads: 3,696 (1 review)
West Portal tunnel under construction, Portola Drive cutting through empty surrounding hillsides.
Keywords: West Portal; Portola Drive; Sutro Forest
Downloads: 3,684 (2 reviews)
|Herb Mills on Containerization - Chris Carlsson|
Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of Local 10 ILWU, describes the role of containerization in the global economy.
Keywords: containerization; longshoring; globalization
Downloads: 3,546 (1 review)
|General Strike newsreel 2 - Bert Gould|
Pathe News newsreel footage of the first days of San Francisco's General Strike, stores and streets empty.
Keywords: Big Strike; 1934; newsreel
|Shaping San Francisco opening - Jim Swanson|
Using the well-worn image of Yerba Buena cove in 1847, this animation dramatizes the rapidity with which it filled up after the Gold Rush, with a voiceover introducing Shaping San Francisco's 1st CD release.
Keywords: San Francisco; Yerba Buena Cove; 1847
|First Female to swim Golden Gate|
Hazel Lagenour, first woman to swim across the Golden Gate, in 1911, provided courtesy Bill Pickelhaupt.
Keywords: First swim; Golden Gate; Hazel Lagenour
Downloads: 3,367 (1 review)
|Panama-Pacific International Exposition|
panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
Keywords: PPIE; World's Fairs; Marina District
Downloads: 3,197 (1 review)
|Soap Box Derby - Chris Carlsson|
The San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society conducted races on Bernal Heights for years, and still does at unpredictable times.
Keywords: Soapbox Derby; Bernal Heights; underground culture
Downloads: 3,059 (2 reviews)
|Pickups at Finocchio's - Chris Carlsson|
Harry Hay describes the pickup scene at the North Beach bar Finocchio's in the early 1930s.
Keywords: Harry Hay; Finocchio's; gay dating
Downloads: 3,048 (1 review)
|Pelicans on the Bay - Chris Carlsson|
Pelicans soar across the water in front of the San Francisco skyline.
Keywords: pelicans; SF Bay; waterfront